By Andrew Glover
Stillwater News Press
STILLWATER, Okla. —
With regionals approaching, the Stillwater High tennis teams had a final tune-up as they hosted Ponca City, Moore and Guthrie Thursday in Stillwater.
“Everyone got better,” boys coach Michael Porter said. “We are playing our best tennis in May. We are getting ready for regionals and hopefully state.”
The Pioneers played at Oklahoma State’s old courts at the Colvin Center. Austin Reed and Noah Smith each went 2-1. Austin Reed beat Moore’s Taylor Howard 6-0, 6-3 and Guthrie’s Andy Hartley 6-0, 6-1 before losing to Ponca City’s Blake Langston 6-1, 6-5. Smith beat Johnny Thompson from Moore, lost in three sets (6-4, 2-6, 8-10) to Guthrie’s Dakota Leach and finished the day with a sweep (6-0, 6-2) against Ponca City.
“All season long (Smith) is always in a super tiebreaker or tough match, he’s pretty seasoned,” Porter said. “Austin did well too. He won his first two matches.”
The Pioneers’ doubles team of Robert Beem and Jax Thompson were unstoppable. The pair won all three of their matches. Porter said they played some great tennis.
“Robert is so solid and plays so consistent,” Porter said. “You can always rely on him. Jax played the best he has all year. He’s peaking at the right time.”
Beem said he liked how he and his partner were consistent.
“We just had some really good shots,” Beem said.
The second doubles team of Blaine Hughes and Alex Mason were swept in all three matches.
The girls singles played at Couch Park’s tennis courts. Dallin Reese and Kadie Sorenson lost all three matches. Reese was shut out by Moore’s Mercedes Troupe (6-0, 6-0), lost to Guthrie’s Brianna Behryman (6-1, 6-1) and fell to Ponca City’s Megan Carey (8-6, 7-5). Sorenson lost to Moore’s Lindsay Milkowski (6-0, 6-1), fell to Guthrie’s Trista LeGrand (6-1, 6-0) and was dropped by Ponca City’s Blair Didlake (6-1, 6-0).
The Lady Pioneers’ doubles teams played at Sunset Tennis courts. The pairing of Taylor Jones and Anna Solis went 1-2. They lost to Moore (6-2, 6-1) but beat Guthrie (7-6, 7-5) and fell to Ponca City (6-4, 7-5). The number two doubles team of Trini Bui and Kate Zacharias beat Moore (6-3, 6-1) lost to Guthrie (4-6, 6-1, 8-10) and beat Ponca City. Coach Cari Groce said this year has been a rebuilding year but saw some silver lining.
“The girls played really hard,” Groce said. “The doubles results were good. We have good momentum heading into regionals on Monday.”
The Stillwater girls will travel to Ponca City for regionals on Monday. The Pioneers will compete in regionals on May 12.